Seeing action as a freshman at an NCAA Division I college football program is no easy task, but Palisades High alum Sy Riley showed he belongs on the field at the University of New Mexico.
Riley played in six of the Lobos’ seven games this season and the 6-foot, 235-pound linebacker had six tackles (four solo and two assisted). The team finished 2-5, winning its last two games versus Wyoming and Fresno State.
One of Pali High’s three Post Cup winners last fall, Riley had a team-high 118 tackles (55 solo) with 0.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception while captaining the Dolphins to the outright Western League title. He had 18 tackles and forced a fumble in the City Open Division playoffs against Banning.
He won the Joe Spector Award as team MVP twice.
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